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News From The Frunk

Nick J Howe

Tesla Motors is transforming the automotive world with its incredible electric vehcles. Join Nick Howe, author of "Owning Model S" to catch up on the latest Tesla Motors news in News from the Frunk. The ‘Frunk’, in case you were wondering, is the front trunk in the Tesla Model S (where an internal combustion engine would be, if it had one)

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Jul 19, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Tesla has build nearly 500 Superchargers in less than 3 years. Here’s a quick animation, courtesy of http://Supercharge.info showing the build out.
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Jul 18, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. On Friday July 17th Tesla made a slew of announcements about the Model S and X, including: — new 70 kWh rear drive Model S — new 90 kWh battery pack option — new "Ludicrous Mode” - 0-60 in 2.8 for P90D — new Roadster in 4 years — Model X coming in two months
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Jul 13, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s video was shot at TMC Connect (https://www.teslamotorsclub.com/connect/) the annual get together of Tesla Motors Club forum members. This year the event was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, and I had the chance to spend some time with Chelsea Sexton a leading electric vehicle advocate and star of the movie “Who killed the Electric Car"...
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Jul 12, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Tesla’s latest innovation is liquid cooling for its Supercharger cables. Any of you that have used a Supercharger will know that the cables are very thick, heavy and inflexible. At the Palo Alto Supercharger, Tesla has just introduced liquid cooling to the cable, which means it can be much thinner, lighter and more flexible. Check out this short video I shot while I was at the Palo Alto Supercharger.
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Jul 12, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s I clarify the situation when two people charge at the same time in a Supercharger. Sorry for the audio quality - had mic problems.
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Jul 7, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today's episode is a quick tip on how to ensure you maximize your Supercharger speed.
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Jul 4, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week I break down the Q1 2015 earnings call
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May 10, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. A couple of weeks ago Elon Musk hit the stage at the Hawthorne design center to announce Tesla Energy. In this episode of NFTF I break down the announcement.
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May 9, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. In this episode I discuss the new Model S 70D, improvements to performance of the 85D and P85D, and changes to options and pricing.
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Mar 23, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. THIS IS PART TWO OF A TWO PART VIDEO. In this episode I discuss the active safety enhancements coming in version 6.2, due in the next few weeks. I also discuss version 7, due in June/July. I forgot to mention that Elon said they are rolling out LTE connectivity to cars (vs. the current 3G connection), but didn’t provide any details. My assumption is that new cars will have the LTE chipset, but there will be no...
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Mar 22, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. THIS IS PART ONE OF A TWO PART VIDEO. In this episode I discuss the range and navigation enhancements coming in version 6.2, due in the next few weeks. Check out the full Press Conference Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXADb8gE9RU&t=2310
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Mar 22, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. Changes to Model S Configurator: http://my.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/dual-chargers-gone-tesla-store 2. James Bond Lotus Esprit Easter Egg http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/28/tesla-model-s-easter-egg-lotus-007-submarine-video/ 3. Consumer Reports Top Car 2015 http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/04/consumer-reports-10-top-picks-of-2015/index.htm 4. Model S Crash...
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. Tesla battles the auto dealers: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/auto-dealers-sue-missouri-over-tesla-car-sales/article_c267e1c7-8ba9-55a2-835d-18ac9db7e8b9.html 2. Apple to buy Tesla? http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/02/25/apples-jony-ive-and-teslas-elon-musk-inseparable-in-conversation-at-oscars-after-party...
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. RHD P85D delayed until August http://my.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/spare-thought-rhd-countries-after-jeromes-email-today 2. Bug in 6.1 shutting down P85D? http://my.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/truth-about-167-and-total-loss-power 3. Tesla Premium Rear Console is shipping http://shop.teslamotors.com/collections/model-s/products/premium-rear-console 4. CHAdeMO adapter is shipping...
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Mar 2, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s episode is a review of Wheel Bands from RimPro-Tec. I recently curbed my 21” wheel and replaced it, so I decided to fit from rim protectors and see how they perform. http://evannex.com/products/wheel-bands
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Feb 23, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s episode is a breakdown of key information from the 4Q 2014 earnings call, including: 1. Model S delivery numbers 2. New $250 million paint shop 3. More than 10,000 employees 4. Elon pre-announces residential battery pack 5. Major software update coming to all cars 6. 350-400 mile range cars in 2019 or 2020 7. Elon teases Model X 8. Model 3 confirmed for 2nd half 2017 9. Tesla to be worth $700 billion by...
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Feb 16, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This special episode all about the Unplugged Performance body kit being installed on my Model S. Note: I bought the kit myself and I have no relationship with Unplugged performance. You can find more info at www.unpluggedperformance.com Signature Custom Wraps did my install. http://www.signaturecustomwraps.com/index.php Artsci’s front camera kit details are here:...
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Feb 16, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. My media favorites have been randomly disappearing and appearing over the last few weeks. I’ve finally figured out why. Software version 6.1 introduces a new ‘feature’ that you need to watch out for.
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Feb 10, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This is a video response to “7 rules for Dodge SRT Hellcat Owners” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFcqPbok2-c)
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. China extends EV subsidies:: http://seekingalpha.com/news/2199765-china-extends-ev-subsidies 2. Tesla partners on used car trade ins in China: http://seekingalpha.com/news/2197045-tesla-pushes-model-s-in-china 3. Model S becomes an Infra Red camera and massive projector platform http://youtu.be/drZ1-oYflT8 and http://racingextinction.com 4. 3400 Wh/m 5. My car’s range has increased...
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Feb 9, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today I cover: 1. Model S Efficiency - which are the best wheels and tires: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/driving-range-model-s-family 2. Updates to the Visible Tesla app by Joe Pasqua: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/19975-VisibleTesla 3. TeslaTime web site: http://dash.teslatime.com and http://my.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/teslatime-clock-stocks-and-weather-first-and-free 4. Quick Tesla:...
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Feb 9, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. Model X testing in Alameda and Battery sizes 2. Gigafactory progress: http://imgur.com/a/rnZlN; Gigafactory costs; http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/tesla-motors-inc-tsla-gigafactory-foundations-alone-cost-16m-337950/ 3. Torque sleep is now working in Dual Motor cars with software 6.1(139) and above.
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Feb 9, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today I install some carbon fiber stickers from RPM Tesla http://rpmtesla.com This is not a paid endorsement; I bought the stickers and have no affiliation with RPM tesla.
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Feb 4, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today I’m at Palm Beach International Raceway with other Model S owners and the DragTimes crew for the annual StreetCarDrags event. I’ve you haven’t seen Brooks in his P85D destroy the Hellcat, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG6veF_34QE Sorry for the sound and video quality - not used to doing outside broadcasts, and still getting used to my new camera.
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Jan 12, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This is the second of two videos about Model S software version 6.1. This video covers only changes that affect cars with autopilot hardware. (Sorry about the slight video wobble - the camera was moving in the wind gusts) The first video is here: http://youtu.be/KO-yAwt5wCw This video covers: Traffic Aware Cruise Control Overtake Acceleration Auto High Beam
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Jan 11, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This is the first of two videos about Model S software version 6.1. This video covers those enhancements that apply to all cars, whereas the over video covers only changes that affect cars with autopilot hardware. (Sorry about the slight video wobble - the camera was moving in the wind gusts) This video covers: Trip Energy Prediction New Navigation View: Route Overview Control navigation instructions volume with...
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Jan 2, 2015 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Yesterday we found out that Clif Hannel has passed away. Cliff and his son Ben were the developers of the EVTripPlanner web site. Cliff was a big EV supporter, and he will be missed. Our condolences to his family. If you’d like to support the EVTripPlanner web site and contribute to Ben’s College Fund follow this link: http://www.evtripplanner.com/donate/?page=donate/index.php EVTripPlanner -...
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Dec 23, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today is the third in a series of P85D videos. In this short episode I explain why the Model S performance is different if the car is charged to 100% vs 70% - or at least one possible reason. Look out for a regular episode next time.
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Dec 23, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. Tesla fleet passes 1billion km: https://www.facebook.com/teslamotors/posts/10152901513482801:0 2. Supercharger map updated: http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger 3. Battery Pack Swap enters beta testing: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/545967015521820672 http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/battery-swap-pilot-program 4. Solid modeling Tesla aerodynamics with snow 5. 363 open...
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Dec 22, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s episode is a follow up to my P85D test drive where I dig into the 0-60 test. In summary - it’s awesome!! One thing I discovered is that 100% charge improves the 0-60 time considerably vs a 70% charge.
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Dec 21, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s episode is all about my P85D test drive. It was surprising - and maybe not for the reason you expect.
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Dec 16, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Here’s what I cover today: 1. P85D delays… http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/39409-First-P85D-adopters-stuck-in-black-hole From Jerome Guillen: “Your car was built with some of the first new generation seats. The side airbags built into these specific seats might have some concerns when deploying. As per my previous message, we want to err on the side of caution and we will replace the seats. Since...
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Nov 29, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today is a random assortment of things about living with the car. Links to what I cover today: 1. EVannex Carbon Fiber Accents: http://evannex.com/products/copy-of-accent-e-carbon-fiber-exterior-accent-packages 2. Home Depot Ladder Hook: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Tornado-20-lb-Steel-Extended-U-Hook-48014/202639943 3a. Poster: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/13559-Car-Show-Poster-Draft 3b. Download my...
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Nov 29, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today’s episode is all about the effect of cold weather on Model S batteries. Bottom line - cold weather is bad, but the effects can be mitigated if you preheat the battery. The best way to do that, is via cabin preheating. Links to what I cover today: 1. Battery PreHeat thread - http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/how-preheat-battery 2. VisibleTesla app:...
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Nov 21, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week: 1. Nevada’s $1.3B incentive package for Tesla formally approved: http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/nevada-s-13b-incentive-package-tesla-formally-approved 2. Elon blogs about the Nevada incentives: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/house-always-wins 3. Peter Elkind story about the Gigafactory project: http://fortune.com/inside-elon-musks-billion-dollar-gigafactory 4. Elon interview in Der Spiegel:...
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. Today I cover the news from the Q3 2014 earnings call, and the changes in the Model S design studio. Shareholder letter: http://ir.teslamotors.com/common/download/download.cfm?companyid=ABEA-4CW8X0&fileid=791902&filekey=d7b8cc04-9c3e-4216-9ce3-7fb4d7e0c00b&filename=Q314%20SHL%20Final.pdf Earnings call transcript:...
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Oct 26, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week: 1. Adam Jonas: Model X will slip: http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2014/10/19/autosphere/17463271/ 2. TeslaTap autopilot retrofit: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/cost-autopilot-retrofit?page=1 3a. Teo - seat pricing http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/p85d-now-has-19-wheel-option-addtl-seat-colors#comment-492263 3b. Tesla wheel pricing: http://shop.teslamotors.com/collections/model-s 4a....
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Oct 19, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week: 1. Anguish and delight over the D 2. Tesla Taxis at Schipol: https://twitter.com/Tesla_Europe/status/522673381842247680 3. Nevada approves $70m access road funding: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/nevada-approves-70-million-tesla-related-road-work 4. Auto Bild EV winter test http://teslamondo.com/2014/10/15/model-s-beats-all-in-snowy-grip-test/ 5. Bjorn Nyland Norway Model S videos:...
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Oct 13, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week: 1. New Visors!!: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/dual-motor-model-s-and-autopilot 2. No dates for autopilot 3. Reviewing speed assist and lane departure warning 4. Time to upgrade to the D? 5. Certified Pre-Owned program?: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1094785_used-tesla-electric-cars-certified-previously-owned-cpo-program-coming-company-confirms 6. Panasonic confirms investment in Gigafactory:...
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Oct 11, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week it’s all about the D. Last night Elon unveiled the dual motor Model S and autonomous (autopilot) driving capability. In this episode I cover the announcement in detail. Watch the unveiling here: http://youtu.be/FZ6lZJWL_Xk
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Oct 4, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week: 1. Elon’s mysterious tweet: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/517486950589014016 2. Adelman’s photo: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/36465-About-time-to-unveil-the-D-and-something-else?p=774253&viewfull=1#post774253 3. Tesla Stock Price: https://www.google.com/finance?cid=12607212 4. Elon talks Autopilot: https://twitter.com/CNNMoney/status/517738916892270592 5. Rated range...
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Oct 1, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Join Nick Howe, author of Owning Model S, to catch up on the latest Tesla News. This week: * New features: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/breaking-new-cars-are-shipping-lane-departure-warning-and-speed-assist-update-3-929 * My5bAby reaches 100,000 miles - almost: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/100000-miles-tesla-grin-still-intact * Inside EVs: http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-sets-all-time-sales-record-in-u-s-in-september/ * Superchargers: http://supercharge.info * Tesla...
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Sep 29, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Welcome to News from the Frunk, Episode 1. September 29, 2014 Contact me at info@OwningModelS.com News from the Frunk is a short round up of key Tesla news over the previous few days. Over the coming weeks and months I plan to upload a new video every few days. Would love your feedback in the comments below. BTW - sorry about the color shifting during the recording. Still trying to figure things out. Here’s what I cover this week: * Software V6: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/software-v60 *...
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Sep 29, 2014 Nick J Howe
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Welcome to News From The Frunk - a semi-regular podcast covering news related to Tesla Motors and their all-electric cars. I'm Nick Howe and I took delivery of my Model S in January 2013. I was so impressed by the car, and by Tesla Motors vision, that I wrote a book for prospective and current owners of the Tesla Model S, or for anyone interested in electric cars. Check out http://OwningModelS.com